EL PASO, Texas - Ivan Melendez is no doubt one of the best players in college baseball this season, and he could soon have a major award that proves it.
Wednesday, the Coronado graduate was named one of the three finalists for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award.
The award is presented by USA Baseball and honors the best college baseball player in the nation.
It's the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in college football.
Melendez is currently in his second season at the University of Texas.
He's been phenomenal for the Longhorns leading the nation in home runs (30), RBIs (90), and slugging percentage (.895).
Melendez is also in the top ten when it comes to his batting average at .404.
He becomes just the 10th Longhorn baseball player to be nominated for the Golden Spikes Award.
The winners of the award will be announced June 24 on ESPN during the “College World Series Special” at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT.
Melendez is hoping to bring some more hardware to Texas as he and the Longhorns prepare to face East Carolina in the super regional of the College World Series.